A total of five Rio Olympic champions will be among 25 current global medallists competing at the world’s top indoor athletics meeting, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, on Saturday 18 February.
Sir Mo Farah will be one of those Olympic champions, as he competes in the 5000m at the Barclaycard Arena. The four time Olympic champion and five time world champion will face a field including Scotland’s Andrew Butchart, who ran the third fastest 3000m in the world this year with a time of 7:41.05 in New York on Saturday.
Another Scot in superb form is Laura Muir, who will be aiming for Kelly Holmes’ 13 year old British 1000m record at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix. Muir has already set a new British indoor 5000m record this year with a time of 14:49.12 and will be hoping for another on Saturday.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, who support the event, said: “I am delighted to welcome back the Müller Indoor Grand Prix to Birmingham, an event which Birmingham City Council is very proud to support. We’ve now hosted indoor athletics for 25 years and in that time we’ve seen 15 world records set at the Barclaycard Arena and witnessed some of the best ever indoor athletics performances. With the line-up that has now been confirmed, I’m sure Saturday’s action will be extremely exciting and yet more records could be broken right here in Birmingham.”
Fresh from retaining his British title, the world’s number one 60m hurdler Andrew Pozzi will face outdoor world record holder Aries Merritt and fellow Brits David King and David Omoregie.
The highlight of the field events could be the women’s long jump, which will be a repeat of the competition at last Sunday’s British Athletics Indoor Team Trials, as world indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen, heptathlon specialist Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Olympic finalist Jazmin Sawyers all go head to head in a battle of Britain.
The sprints in particular are also expected to provide major excitement, with mouth-watering clashes in both the men’s and women’s events.
Britain’s European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith, who equalled the world leading 60m time of 7.13 seconds last week, will go head to head with double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and world indoor 60m champion Barbara Pierre of the USA, in the 60m. Newly crowned British champion Asha Philip will provide further British interest in a world class field.
The legendary Kim Collins will make his fiftieth appearance on British soil, and his tenth appearance at the Barclaycard Arena, when he lines up in the 60m on Saturday. He will clash with European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty, European 100m champion James Dasaolu, European relay gold medallist CJ Ujah and Olympic long jump champion Jeff Henderson of the USA, who also competes in the long jump.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked indoor grand prix in the world and a very limited number of tickets are still available at www.britishathletics.org.uk. It is being held just 12 months before the IAAF World Indoor Championships is set to return to the city, when more than 400 athletes from 150 countries are set to compete in the same venue in March 2018.